In 1953, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene Burke in the war drama From Here to Eternity.
Later in her career, Reed replaced Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie Ewing in the 1984—85 season of the television melodrama, Dallas; she sued the production company for breach of contract when she was abruptly fired upon Geddes' decision to return to the show.
She is well known for her role as Mary Hatch Bailey in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.
Donna Reed born Donna Belle Mullenger; January 27, 1921 — January 14, 1986 was an American film and television actress and producer.
Her career spanned more than 40 years, with performances in more than 40 films.